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    September 28, 2010
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good morning. going to extremes. heavy rain in the east. record breaking triple digit heat out west. is there any relief in sight? heart breaking reunion. we are there as a massachusetts father visits his sons for the first time in more than a year after they were illegally taken to egypt by his ex-wife. but that meeting was not all that he hoped for. and freak accident. the owner of the company behind the segway plunges to his death after accidentally driving one of his vehicles off a cliff. the details "today," tuesday, of his vehicles off a cliff. the details "today," tuesday, september 28, 2010.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this wet tuesday morning. i'm meredith viera. >> and i'm matt lauer. it poured here in new york overnight and there is another big storm system heading our way later in the week. >> this on the heels of a dangerous storm system that triggered evacuations and flooding in minnesota and wisconsin. out west, the story is the extreme heat. also ahead on day one of nbc news education nation summit in new york city, the mayor of this city, michael bloomberg unveiled a tough new plan to hold public schoolteachers here in new york accountable for their performance. coming up we're going to talk to mayor bloomberg about that as
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well as the president of one of the most powerful teachers unions in the country. and the pest that is invading homes all across the country, i'm not talking about bed bug, but stink bugs. al's upstairs and he's tracking the record weather from coast to coast. >> here's the culprit for the east coast. it's a low pressure that's developing, looks like an 80% chance it's going to develop into a tropical depression or a named storm, nicole. we have already got a risk of strong storms from wilmington all the way up to providence, rhode island, damaging wind, heavy rain, isolated tornadoes. heavy rain pushing its way up, parts of the carolinas yesterday got up to 10 inches of rain.
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we have got some video to show you of streets turned into rivers and lakes. a lot of flooded out roads, homes, basements, big problems there. here's what we're looking for with there system coming up the coast. starting today into tomorrow, we have got anywhere from three to eight inches of rain from southern florida all the way up into the carolinas. then we move into the midweek period, tomorrow into thursday. that heavy rain, savannah, wilmington, up into norfolk, we're looking for that rain to spread up into the northeast friday afternoon. anywhere from eight to ten inches of rain in some spots. now along the west coast, we have got heat to talk about, yesterday, temperatures in california, southern california, long beach, 111. record high in los angeles, 113 degrees, the hottest it has ever been. it could have actually gotten
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hotter, but the downtown thermometer was broken for a couple of hours, until they got it fixed, up to 113 degrees. 102 in downtown los angeles, burbank 102, oxnard 106, these temperatures won't cool down until thursday. it is a country of extremes for the next 48 to 72 hours. let's get a check of the morning's other top stories from ann curry. >> good morning, meredith and matt. good morning, everybody. iran is indicating that oman is trying to secure the release of the hikers. iran's foreign ministry says such visit -- oman helped to secure the release of american sarah shourd two weeks ago.
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nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us. >> reporter: the voters that voted for the first time in 2008 for the president, a lot of them are young, we're going to see the president on the campus of the united states of wisconsin at madison. there will be 100 companion watch parties, really drawing a page from the '08 playbook. if democrats can turn out some of these voters, it might make a difference in some of these key races. they're really trying to generate enthusiasm. in an interview the president said it would be inexcusable for democrats to stay on the sidelines this election. rahm emanuel widely expected to run for mayor in chicago. looks like that will happen and we could get an announcement as early as friday. the issue of course is who would replace him, would it be an
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interim chief of staff or will the president go ahead and name a permanent replacement. so definitely something to watch this week. today a senate panel holds a summit on safety after an explosion that killed sen people. southwest is buying air transfer $1.4 billion that expand the company into 37 new cities and southwest says it will drop air trans's baggage fees. >> we're talking about consumer sentiment and housing numbers. one thing investors and consumers are feeling funny about. blackberry came out with its new, they're calling it the blackberry playbook and it's going to take on the apple i
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pad. stock is down nearly 30% this year, apple soaring to new heights, up 40% and the most valuable company in the america. in a hollywood career that spanned 70 years, she is best known for her role as the older rose in titanic, gloria stewart was 100 years old. look at her in that scene, she was so beautiful. she was the oldest person everybody to be nominated for an academy award. >> mr. roker. you we
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>> we are off to a wet start again. the showers will be with us off and on this morning and early this afternoon. i do think it will clear up later in the day. i >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. new york mayor michael bloomberg turned some heads as he addressed the education nation summit being put on here in new
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york by nbc news. he says he plans to put teachers to task and make them earn their tenure. i want to get to education in just a second, but first let's talk politics, both the president and the vice president are out there trying to galvanize the youth vote that helped them get elected in 2008. but 25% of young voters are certain they'll go to vote. is his strategy likely to pay off in the long run? >> it's disappointing the number of people that turn out in elections. >> don't the democrats need it? >> i think the democrats need to explain why they should be carrying on and republicans have to explain why they should be given the opportunity to do it. the public is frustrated, no question about that. we have too many people who have lost their jobs, lost their houses, the public doesn't have
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confidence in the future, the first time they think maybe their children won't have a better life than they did and that's the president's job to go out there and explain why his policies need time. nothing's done overnight, and i'm sympathetic to him, he can't overnight wave a imagine i believe wand and fix the economy. >> some of the candidates represent a moderate point of view, be they moderate, republican or independents. he has some competition in the tea party that's really trying to energize the conservative base. how do you account for the fact that these candidates seem to have real staying power right now? >> there's always a group of people that are not happy with either of the choices and they want to create a third choice, you saw that when ross perot became fashionable, you saw that, john mccain, eight years before he finally ran, there was a boom for him.
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but i think the tea party isn't a conservative or a liberal group, it's a group that says i don't like the way things are going, let's try something else, so both sides of the aisle, incumbents are in trouble here, republicans as well as democrats have a problem that have been in office and haven't produced the change that people want. >> can some of them win? >> anger is not a governing strategy. both sides of the aisle have to come together to compromise to pass legislation that the country needs, whether it's funding our armies or helping education that we're going to talk about here and i think you'll see that happen, during the campaign, people go to the extremes once you get into office, you can't govern from extremes. >> you said there would be no automatic tenure for teachers here in new york city. you said there's no business in
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america that would be prevented from taking results into account when making personnel decisions and that's exactly what happens in our school system across the country, it is wrong, it must stop and in new york city, i promise you it will stop. what makes you so sure -- >> you've got to start out and remember that we have 80,000 teachers in the new york city public school system and i think that's probably the best collection anybody's ever put together, is every one of those 80 perfect? of course not. in the past, less than 1% have been denied tenure, that's not a ratio that you can have, you have to understand some of these teachers need remedial help, and even if you give them the help, some of them aren't going to be able to do the job we need for our children. if our kids don't get a good education, they can't get jobs. we have put together -- but there's still a lot of new york
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kids who wen they get out of school don't have the skills to get jobs in a technological global world and one of the things we're doing in cooperation with ibm, we're going to create a school this year, 400 to 600 students, they'll go from ninth grade to grade 14 and then ibm has guaranteed them a job if they pass all the course work. >> just to get to that tenure issue, the head of the teacher's union here in the city has said that the -- bad teachers are allowed to stay in place, it's the city's fault, not the union's fault. >> i'm not blaming the union, i think we have too much blame. the issue is getting something done and whether in the past we could have been more aggressive in not denying tenure, it's water over the dam or under the bridge, however you phrase it. it is going forward, this system has to be run for the kids, not for the people that work in it and that's the same thing in your job, if you don't perform, i'm sorry, you're going to be
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out of here. >> don't bring me up. you didn't have to do that. >> the reason you have your job is because you produce results for this network. and we want our teachers to produce results for our children. and in fact, most of them, the vast bulk of them do produce great results, we have attracted an amazing group of teachers from around the country, those who aren't doing the job, we want to help and see if we can make them good, and if they can't, i'm sorry, they have to get a new career. >> randy wine garten is the president of the american federation of teachers, one of the two teacher teachers -- t says no more automatic tenure, if we want to get rid of teachers who are mediocre or poor, we're going to get rid of them. and that's the way it should be across the country, do you gee with that? >> yes. >> no disputes.
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>> i'm pleased that my successor in new york city said that he applauded the mayor for what he said yesterday. no one wants teachers to have automatic due process. there's a three-year period of probation for a reason. it's supposed to be because you know there's a big learning curve to be a teacher. i talked to teachers in new york city, it's a tough job. and the mayor is right, the overwhelming number of teachers in new york city do an amazing job, but there needs to be a balance in terms of us doing a better job in terms of evaluating teachers, also management doing a better job in terms of saying let's help train teachers up and if they can't do the job, don't let them have automatic tenure. >> there's a new movie out called "waiting for superman" it wa paints a dismal picture of education in this country. teachers unions are set up to protect their members to the
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detriment of learning, why is that an unfair assessment. >> i could go through it factually, i don't want to do that. this is what i was concerned about about that movie. there are thousands of public schools in the united states of america that do a great job. should we all be doing a better job? absolutely, yes. i saw your interview with the president yesterday, matt, i agreed with everything the president said, we all have to do a better job, the mayor is right, the global economy is really different. schooling is different today than when you and i went to school. the thinking skills are things that all kids need right now. the bottom line is, we need to have a better preparation process for teachers like they do in finland and singapore, we also need to be more responsible about evaluation of teachers which is why the aft has come up with new evaluations. >> when you say more responsible with evaluation and then what to do after the evaluation takes
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place, if the mayor says 99% of teachers get tenure, it can't work that way. if the city of new york has 8 80,000 public schoolteachers and last year only managed to fire three or four of them, that can't be right either. >> the mayor says this is all of our problems, because management has to manage, but the bottom line is this, the reason we need better evaluation systems is because everybody uses tenure as an excuse. i heard a story this week that was unbelievable to me. some principal got up to me and said i couldn't fire a teacher who taught for only two days a week because of tenure. that's ridiculous. >> it's a system gone mad. >> what i'm saying is let's create, we recommended in january, let's create new evaluation systems that focus on continuous improvement and also teacher performance. if teachers can't be helped, we have to do something to weed
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them out of the system. the union just wants people to be treated fairly and protected against arbitrary -- we have to do that and 50 districts are doing that together with their unions. but the bottom line is we also can't do it all, so we need these common standards with this new curriculum and we have students that have unmet needs. what canada and what syracuse is doing. >> after our interview with president obama yesterday, you also have to remember you can't only point your finger at teachers there, issues of poverty, families that aren't together, parents that aren't involved, there's a lot of blame to go around. >> that's why we keep pushing for these wrap around services because we have to help all kids regardless of whether parents are engaged. i love those parents that were engaged in the movie. but we have to help all kids. >> it makes the teacher even more important so that's why having only good teachers in
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those classrooms is important. >> let me say one more thing is that none of us can tolerate bad teaching or bad teachers. but there's not a bad teacher et epidemic in this country, there are teachers whoever day work their hearts out for their students, they take money from their pockets to help with school supplies, let's root them on, let's help them, help them do a good job because they need to be rooted on by americans. >> it's 19 minutes after the hour, once again here's meredith. there's a power shift taking place in north korea. kim jong-il has now appointed his youngest son as a military general. e. >> reporter: kim jong-il, north korea's ailing leader has begun the process of handing control
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of that impoverished country to his youngest son. this is seen as his first steps to power. this is thought to be the only known photograph of kim jung-un. the appointment of kim jong-il's youngest son was -- the biggest in more than 30 years. few year let alone outside the country know anything about the man slated to take this nuclear armed communist country into a third generation. 12k3wr we just don't know what his looks like, what his personality is like, he does have two older brothers, but the rumor has it that kim jung-un is the one that's most like his father, which is not very good news for the world. >> reporter: his father is thought to be in poor health
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after two strokes and may not have much longer to live. in seoul, the capital of south korea today, the news came as no surprise to defectors. like father like son, said this man who fled two years ago. and another man who doesn't want his face shown because he has family in the north, says he expects the repression to get north. it's always taken a lot of guess work to figure out precisely what's going on in north korea which is just across the river from here. uncertainty over the health of kim jong-il. >> in march the north was blamed for the torpedoing of a south's control boat. it's economy is in dire straits
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made worse by flooding. for that reason, the takeover by the junior kim may not be a done deal and we could see some further instability in this dangerous region, meredith. and just ahead, lindsay lohan on her way back to rehab, the latest on what could be a turning point for the troubled actress. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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judd just ahead, stink bug invasion across the country. >> collin bauer just reunited with liz boys for the first time in more than a year, he'll tell us about that meeting in an
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southbound 795 crawling from franklin boulevard to the beltway. you might want take 140 instead of 795. downed pole at old frederick and marriottsville. westport's street, crash being cleared from the two left lanes. another one being cleared involving a pedestrian. 7 mi. per hour. i-95 -- rather, white marsh -- all the way down to a daughter 95 split. -- the 895 split. if you are gonna travel on the outer loop northeast side, seven minutes. 795, here is what it looks like. calling from franklin to the accident. here is what looks like at the accident scene.
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that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> obviously, we have a little bit of rain to contend with this morning. heavy rain a couple of hours ago, but now just scattered showers. frederick, carroll county, parts of howard county. nothing are run baltimore city. off and on showers, maybe a thunderstorm this morning. we expect high temperatures in the upper 70's to around 80 degrees. degrees. >> bob ehrlich's real record on energy. lobbyists helped write utility regulations. we got stuck with a 72% rate hike. but martin o'malley got tough on bge, forcing them to pay back $2 billion to consumers. and what's bob ehrlich been doing the past four years?
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he got paid $2.5 million at a lobbying firm, a firm representing special interests and casinos right here in maryland. that's bob ehrlich-- a 72% increase for us and $2.5 million from special interests for himself. nice work, bob.
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning, the 28th day of september, 2010. you know we need to give gold stars to all these people out there who have been standing out there for a couple of hours in the rain and drizzle. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer, alongside meredith viera. we'll have new details on a father's desperate attempts to bring his young sons home after they were take on the egypt by his ex-wife. come listen bauer just returned from egypt where he actually saw his sons for the first time in more than a year, but it was not
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the happy reunion he was hoping for. also ahead, a new infestation that will make your skin crawl, bed bugs are not the only critter to worry about. stink bugs are now invading homes and ruining crops. what you should do if you spot one in your home. education nation, al goes back to elementary school to find out what one school is doing to keep kids from falling through the cracks. and we begin this half hour with the latest on lindsay lohan and a possible return to rehab. >> reporter: when you're talking about rehab, most experts say e relapse like lindsay's are just a part of rehab. over the weekend, it was lindsay the do gooder, she was photographed visiting with homeless teens at a shelter in
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los angeles and studying up on a script on the roof of her friend's condo. they are the latest images of the troubled starlet who says she's trying to get her act together in the wake of falling off the wagon. she failed a drug test two weeks ago, a violation of her dui related probation. she'll be facing a judge next month who could revoke her bail and send her right back to jail. >> jail's not therapeutic, it's not designed to be therapeutic. >> anything beyond a 12-step program is purely voluntary, a sign that maybe, finally, this time lohan may be scared straight. >> hopefully she understands that she's behaving like an addict, she's talking like she's
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recognizing that, that could be a big turning point for her. >> reporter: any attempt to take her condition seriously will go over with the court. but that still won't erase what she's already done. >> going into rehab doesn't change the fact that she's still violated her probation, she won't get any leniency from the judge, but as a pure and strict legal matter, nothing has really changed. >> reporter: except perhaps the public perception that she's trying. she's already been through a handful of rehabs, four in all, the last one was court ordered, she was released after about three weeks but sources say it was never intended to be a long-term care facility, it was only meant to get her on the road to recovery. >> "today's" weather is bra ugt to you by chevy, every model is
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backed by a 100,000 mile/five-year power train limited warranty. >> there's showers around, you're 13 years old "today"? >> yeah. >> what is your name? >> alyssa? >> where are you from? >> washington. >> are you cutting school "today." >> yeah. >> oh, no, it's a field trip, yeah, that's what it is, an educational field trip. yeah. let's check your weather, see what's going on. jet stream right now, there's a trough of low pressure here in the east and that's going to pick up that tropical system down in the gulf, bring it along the coast, that's why we have got all that heat out west. big area of high pressure dominating and that's why they have got the heat and it's going to continue right through thursday, the heavy rain is going to be up and down the eastern seaboard, thursday right t
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>> off and on rainshowers with us through the morning and into early this afternoon. i think it will clear up late in the day. we willet sunshine late >> and don't forget, you can check your weather any time of the day or night, go to weather channel on cable or weather.com online. there's new developments in a child custody case, a massachusetts man is fighting to bring his sons home after they were allegedly kidnapped and taken to egypt by his ex-wife. in a moment we'll talk to that dad. but first jeff rossen has all the latest details. >> collin bauer is just back from ejicht, he was finally able
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to see his two little boys for the first time in over a year. they were abducted by their own mother and smuggled overseas according to officials with fake passports, egypt won't give them back, so u.s. officials got involved at the highest levels and set up this emotional visit. >> obviously i'm very anxious because i don't know what to expect. >> reporter: it's reunion stay for collin bauer and he's invited us along in cairo. collin is about to see his two boys, 7-year-old ramsey and 9-year-old nur. it's been 13 months since he last saw them and hugged them and kissed them. >> the thought of actually seeing my children, it's almost an incredible thing to me at this point because i've been promised it and i have looked forward to it for so long, it seems almost unreal. >> reporter: this american dad has -- desperate to reach them,
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he makes facebook videos. >> dadly loves you and daddy will always love you. >> collin and his wife got divorced? boston in 2008, collin won sole custody, but last summer, he says, his ex-wife took the kids, forged their passports and snuck them into their native egypt. an international arrest warrant has been issued, her face plastered on the interpol website. but egypt hasn't cooperated allowing her to live in hiding with the boys. earlier this month, collin pled for help here on "today." >> i have no idea where they are, nobody has told me where they are and i have been told that the egyptian government knowing where they are. >> reporter: but the egyptian government hasn't told you? >> no. >> hillary clinton got personally involved is, and spoke to mubarak at a meeting in cairo. finally collin could see his
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boys. our cameras weren't allowed in, but hours later when collin walked out, he was in tears. >> the boys came in and they sat next to their two uncles and hung their head and stayed pretty much away from me. it was very, very sad. very, very sad. >> collin believes the kids have been brainwashed to hate him and life in america. it hurt, badly. >> i tried to explain to them, both their parents love them. a it was a start. it was a first meeting.
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and they're my two beautiful boys. so that's what happened. >> reporter: so much pain, yet collin never gives up so the question becomes where does he go from here? collin just sent this letter to egyptian officials calling for the immediate release of his sons calling it a humanitarian matter. >> all right, jeff rosin, thanks very much. collin bauer is with us exclusively this morning along with his attorney. let me go back to this meeting, collin, it's heart breaking to watch your reaction to it. when the boys first walkeded into the room and saw you, was there any glimpse of that kind of warm feeling that you had been hoping for 13 months?
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>> they completely circumvented me, i was down on one knee, i was looking for an embrace, i was looking for any sort of connection that i could make with them after 13 months and they completely avoided me. >> you can only assume they have been talked to for an awfully long time and i don't know what's been going on in egypt with their mother and them, but you can only assume they wouldn't react this way unless they have been told certain things for a long period of time, is it akin to brainwashing in your opinion? >> it's clearly child abuse is what it is, they have been kidnapped, they were clearly told what to say. they were told they were going to be watched and they were going to be held accountable for what they did in the meeting after the meeting. >> you talked to them about friends back home, you talked to them about everything they're doing in their daily lives and at any point did the veneer crack at all? >> no, it didn't. >> you said it's the first meeting, how are you going to
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emotionally go through more meetings like that if things don't change? >> i won't go through another meeting like that, it is emotional abuse against my children, my boys to sit in a meeting like that, where there's an entourage on one side and they're willing threatened. >> if you say to people i'm not going to go through meetings like that, they're going to go to the boys and say we're nyour doesn't want anymore meetings. >> i have the right to see these boys without supervision. >> have you egyptians led you to believe that you're closer to that day that you can have a meeting with your boys and not have the egyptian uncles there? >> i know you're trying a different tact here, you're trying to charge his ex-wife
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with passport fraud. so bring her back here to the united states, what's likelihood that that could be successful? >> if government officials do their job, the kids could be back here within weeks. passport fraud is a crime and extortion is a crime. when she asks for money for collin to see his kids. >> you actually saw her in that room? >> yes, i did. >> what was that like? >> it was a very serious mood in the room. they made several demands. >> demands such as? >> demands for money, they made demands for no more media, they wanted to basically tie visitation to media and media was the only way i was able to see my children after 13 months and they gave me visitation that i have already been granted by the egyptian courts so they offered me something for
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nothing. >> if the egyptian courts side with you and you are in fact given custody of your sons back, have you thought about the possibility that they come back to you with that same emotion that you saw in that meeting room? >> i think that would be something that would be -- that could be dealt with quite quickly. i have spoken with a number of child therapists, those boys are coping, they're doing their best to survive within the environment that they're currently inhabiting and i think they need to continue to cope. >> we'll follow this story right through to its conclusion and we appreciate you coming in and sharing your experiences. it is now 7:43, we're going to be back with much more on this tuesday morning right after this. [ female announcer ] your hands are only as clean
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good morning to you. >> this is kind of one of those nobody likes to talk about. the subject because we're talking about stink bugs. and these critters are popping up faster than anybody can stop them. >> reporter: if bed bugs were the skin crawling talk of the summer, the new critter to crawl in this fall is the stink bug. they don't call them stink bugs for nothing. >> the odor of a stink bug is not a pleasant one and thus the name. most people equate it with the smell of stinky socks. >> stink bugs reproduce quigley. they showed up in the u.s. more than 10 years ago and without an effective natural predator, they keep coming back, this year at alarming levels. >> it really is becoming a national problem. >> reporter: mid-atlantic states from new jersey to virginia are
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seeing the biggest problems with stink bugs, but the bugs have been spotted as far west as california and as far south as florida. why are they pestering us now? it's all about the change in season and the dropping of temperature. >> what they want to do is find a place to chill out for the winter, they're coming in for refuge, they'll invade your attic, they'll get under the siding. >> they stink a lot. >> it's terrifying, the noise is tremendous, the smell is atrocious. >> even the ceo of a pest control company can't shake them from his home in lowell, maryland. >> in the last 15 days i have been seeing 15, 20, at least stink bugs on the outside of the house and four or five on the inside just about every day. >> and farmers can't protect their crops either. >> our poor fruit growers here in the mid-atlantic region are getting crushed by stink bugs on
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apples, on peaches, on nectar reigns. >> stink bugs don't bite. >> people are little grossed out by seeing them but they do not transmit any disease, they are not harmful to any of us in our homes. >> experts say caulking and sealing your house will help. some homeowners have gotten creative. >> my cat actually eats them. >> if a homeowner is having a true infestation of stink bugs in their home, b experts say yes, you can contact your local exterminator but members of congress are actually talking about whether they should be going to the epa to get some sort of pesticide to fight back.
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you don't have them? >> i don't have them, but i have boys so i don't know if it's their stench or the bugs. >> do you have them? >> yes, my wife walks around with a vacuum cleaner trying to get these little stinkers. >> to learn more about stink bugs and how to deal with them, head to our website todayshow.com. just ahead, al heads back to elementary school, but first these messages. hey guys. jennifer hudson here. when it came to losing weight before weight watchers,
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for another check of the morning commute. >> my advice, just stay home today. it is really that bad. unfortunately, we are recovering from an earlier accident on the west side outer loop. delays stretch back on the entire outer loop. they continue all the way down the west side. the accident itself was in the outer loop. all lanes are now open. you are still dealing with delays.
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southbound 795, residual volume. take reisterstown road as your alternate there. eastbound i-270 approaching woodbine road, antioxidant reported. -- a new accident reported pedestrian-involved crash at sequoyah lane in belair road. 895 looking at delays into the harbor tunnel. six miles per hour on it and the northeast side from approaching 95 all the way down the west side. southbound 795, calling from franklin all the way to the beltway. if you are going to travel on the west side, the pace of things down to edmondson, and the rain contributed to that. >> we are still picking up rainshowers on hd doppler. light-to-moderate showers in baltimore city and northern parts of baltimore and carroll county. this will continue off and on
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through the afternoon. the evening commute will be better than the morning commute. skies clear this afternoon. high temperatures on the upper 70's. cloudy tomorrow, but dry. >> we are back at 8:25 with >> we are back at 8:25 with another li four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout.
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ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle class marylanders do. bob ehrlich pretends to be for the working guy... but he's not on our side. i thought i knew bob ehrlich, but then i found out... he raised property taxes on every maryland family... and business. he increased college tuition... by 40%. 40%. and i thought i knew bob ehrlich. he was against raising the minimum wage. made $2.5 million... working for a lobbying firm. $2.5 million? he's not really on my side. with this tough economy, we really need a governor on our side.
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for impa8:00 on this tuesda morning. as always a wonderful crowd. in this half hour, al heads back to school as part of our special education nation. >> that's right, i visited an elementary school out on the west coast where the emphasis is actually on team work to give kids a brighter future. when we say team work, parents, teachers, school administrators,
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everybody. you know, segways, these vehicles, what are they scooters? >> they're calling them human transport. >> apparently the guy who owned the company accidentally died when he drove one of those accident off a cliff. also marlow thomas has a new book and she writes about her father danny thomas and also what makes certain people funny. it's always a delight to have her here. we look forward to that. we have got ann curry standing by at the news desk. >> thanks so much, good morning once again, everybody. in the news, an emergency official in wisconsin says a damaged levee there is in bad shape, he's cautiously optimistic it will continue to hold back the floodwaters. this after some heavy rain caused the wisconsin river to crest at a record level on monday, more than 20 1/2 feet and it's still spilling over it's banks and people in and
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around portage have been evacuated. a mud slide buried people, homes and cars on a mountain road. sources close to rahm emanuel say he is nearing a decision on leaving washington and as expected, he will run for mayor of chicago. an announcement could combi friday. amid the growing uncertainty in afghanistan, this morning an emotional speech from hamid karzai calling on people to denounce violence and come to their senses. the cia is rapidly stepping up attacks in pakistan in an effort to cripple the taliban. the cia has launched 20 attacks in september, the most ever during a single month and the obama administration has launched four times more attacks in 2009 and 2010 than occurred
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during the final year of the bush administration. and a sign of the times, the irs says it will stop mailing tax forms out next year because so many people file electronically. the irs hopes the move will safe about $10 million a year. it is now 8:02, let's get another check of the weather from al who's outside. hey, al. >> thank you very much, ann, we have got a birthday lady here, what is your name. >> jen. >> and jen, where are you from? >> in kansas city, stockton college. >> very nicely done. let's check your weather, pick city today, denver, colorado, 91 degrees, toasty out west, as we look at the rest of the country, you can see most of the action is in the east. we have got a lot of moisture streaming up, we have got a tropical disturbance around the western caribbean, that's going to make its way up the coast. record highs will continue out
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west, the rockys, the plains, in the southwest. some clouds in the pacific northwest, risk soft strong storms, a lot of heavy rain and there's more coming tomorrow on into friday. that's >> rainshowers will be with us off and on through the drive time. the evening commute will be much better. >> and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thank you very much. we'll go inside, when we come back, al's trip back to elementary school right after
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education nation "today" is brought to you by university of phoenix, an educated world is a better world. >> and we're back now at 8:08 with our series education nation, al takes us back to elementariaial school. >> i went to elementary school in california where administrators, teachers and parents work as a team to make sure each child is getting the best education possible. >> we're looking at pre-columbian native american tribes. >> history is the focus of "today's" class. >> who can tell me in group one or six what type of food they had. >> corn? >> reporter: it hasn't always been this easy for adam, he
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struggled in kindergarten and first grade. >> she ask, do you mind if i pull him after school and i'll work with him, and i said, of course. >> teachers collaborate with parents, they collaborate with me, they collaborate with each other. >> the principal of thomas jefferson elementary oversees nearly 600 children. jefferson's average class size has expanded dramatically in the last ten years, from 20 students per teacher to 32 in the fourth and fifth grade classes. that's why she emphasizes team work among teachers and parents to make sure no parent is left behind academically, emotionally or socially. >> we always have the idea of having a strong academic standard here, but without the relationship piece, and the
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parent piece, that doesn't necessarily go together all the time. where you have those two coming together, you have something really wonderful. >> reporter: who's thomas jefferson school like? is it a good school? >> yes, it's a really good school. >> reporter: why do you think. >> because i get to meet a lot of kids and i get to learn a lot with my friends. >> reporter: in the fourth grade adam was making friends and raising his test stocores, but piece of the puzzle was missing. she recognized his potential but also suggested academic testing. >> we figured out that adam had hdhd. >> adam's parents put him on medication. the medication was only a tool, but not the answer to his problems. >> it's going to have to come from within, and adam has that
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motivation that made the difference. >> reporter: today, adam breezes through his home work assignments and his hard work is paying off. >> from basic to advanced then to below to proficient in english. >> we're so proud of him, you have no idea. >> reporter: now when julie drops adam off at school, it's a lot easier to let go. >> have a good day, okay? >> okay, mom. >> reporter: adam is walking tall on his own? what's his potential. >> he can go anywhere he wants and he can be anything he wants to be. he's that kind of kid. >> reporter: you have a great school year, bud. and there are a lot of bright kids like adam with a lot of
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potential who fall through the cracks of the educational system every day and they never get a chance to recover from a slow start. adams parents and teachers say education team work are really the keys to success in elementary school. >> not enough people pay close attention to figure out what is going on with his education and figure out a remedy. again, i like the way they put medication is just a tool. >> maybe that story will inspire other teachers and other families that children have that potential that's in them. up next, we're going to share some laughs with that girl marlow thomas. ♪
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star, best selling author and activist, and one thing that's always been there, laughter. marlow thomas literally grew up laughing, her father danny thomas was one of the most celebrated comedians of his time. the thomas's hosted the biggest names in comedy at their dinner table in beverly hills. marlow's first tv acting break through was a sitcom "that girl." marlow later became an award winning actress on film, stage and screen. she also starred in "free to be you and me." a women's rights activist and wife of talk show legend phil donahue, marlow's passion is st. jude's children's research hospital. she shares her laughter with others on her website. >> marlow's new book is "growing
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up laughing," the story of marlow thomas. you share this auto biography with about 20 or so comedians that we have all learned to love. why did you interview them for your book? >> i hadn't planned to i was writing about my own story and i was writing about my father who had an impoverished childhood. i realized that my childhood growing up with my dad and george burns and milton burl, and all those wonderful comedians, that was really my opening into comedy. i thought as i was writing this book, why did jerry seinfeld become funny, it turns out he had a very funny father who had a joke file. and it turned out that kathy griffin's father was funny. there's two common threads, one was they all had a funny person
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in their family and none of them were the class clown. the class clown didn't end up well, he usually ended up in a motel shooting, which i thought was hilarious. but most of them were kind of observing everything and muttering under their breath as tina fey says. >> tell me about growing up in that household in beverly hills, you had people like bob hope, milton burl, george burns. >> they were wonderfulfully funny, terrifically generous to each other. i used to go out on blind dates, at around 11:30, i wanted to be home because i knew the guys would be in the living room, smoking cigars and telling jokes and it was completely irresistible to be with them and hang out with them. >> george burns, your dad didn't like the idea of you becoming an actress, george said something to your father that made a difference. what did he say to your dad. >> he said what do you want her
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to be a millener? he also said to my dad, i feel sorry for anybody that isn't in showbiz and that was very revealing and very sweet, and all of them loved their craft. all of them talked about the craft of comedy. all of them talked about what it's like to hone that act and make it perfect. >> "this girl" was really your story about a single struggling actress trying to make it in new york city. it almost didn't make it on the air because research said it looked unfavorable. why do you think that is? >> i think the guys in suits that did the research didn't realize that "that girl" wasn't the fate of america. that every home in the world had "that girl" in it.
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>> you met glorious stein ham who got you interested -- >> you know what i think it's all about? it's something that's happening in the country and not everybody gets it that's too far off the top. but the people below, the people really in the world on the screen, something happens underneath the earth almost and there was a movement going on in this country. gloria steinham was writing, i was doing a television show, none of us knew each other, but we all crossed this wave. and that's what i'm excited about now, with my website, marlowthomas.com. on aol. first of all, they have this huge audience of women and we really line up because we both want to inform and connect and entertain. but to connect, which is very exciting so i'm doing all these series, girls night out, interviewing people in the park and asking what their favorite joke is and who was funny in their life. so the book is helping me really
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informing what i'm doing on my website and every day there's going to be a laugh of the day. there's so much craziness going on, you open the paper, we're in a depression or a recession, and all this stuff going on, it's lovely to have a laugh every day. >> the story of funny, growing up laughing. on a more serious note, the owner of that company who makes the segway vehicles was killed in an accident over the weekend that involved one of his company's motorized vehicles. >> reporter: the segue personal transporter called magic sneakers by its inventor and a pogo stick on wheels by its critics has made headlines again but for all the wrong reasons.
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62-year-old jim hezleton plunged into the river. a tragic accident that was not supposed to happen on a segway, promoted as clean, quiet and safe. least of all to someone like hezzleton a self-made millionaire and a freakic ironic twist, he bought the new hampshire based company only months ago. friends remembered him as a kind, giving man. >> he did good things with his money. >> this latest incident raises yet more questions about the high-tech scooter that first appeared in the parks and bike lanes of america, a decade ago. with their electric batteries, speeds up to four times faster than walking, and gyroscopes to keep it in balance, but the ride has been anything but smooth.
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president george w. bush to celebrity interview. even the next door neighbors have gone viral on youtube. and a four-year study of segway's safety just released this week, confirmed that injuries and broken bones and concussions are on the rise. >> one thing about this study is that these things aren't toys. >>. >> reporter: true, segways have helped the disabled to gain their -- the invention that some predicted would someday replace the automobile. and on a serious note, a statement by segway inc. says it stands by its product and mr. hezzleton would have wanted them to get back to work serving the tens of thousands of segway
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owners who safely use the product every day. coming up, one of our favorite guests around here, >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i'm jennifer franciotti. let's look at the mess the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> all major roads experiencing delays at this time. southbound 95 past 4 mckendrick, watch for delays out of the tunnel -- just past fort mchenry, watch for delays out of the tunnel. west side still recovering from an earlier accident on the out of the past 795. that is jammed from the top side. all the way towards the west side of edmondson. you will be sitting in delays
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there on the west side outer loop. southbound 795, no exception. begins at 140 all the way down through the beltway. southbound 83, first from middletown down to what carmel, you looking at delays. and again, from padonia down to the beltway. delays here, speeds of about five miles per hour. pulaski highway at chesaco avenue, watch for an accident. on the inner loop from right. dulaney valley to 95, watch for a slow go. here is 795, the greaseball all the way down to the beltway. you can sit -- a very stalled all the way down to the beltway. you can see what looks like down to edmondson. tony has a check on the forecast. >> it will be improving it to this afternoon, but we are still picking up strong storms in parts of harford county extending down to the eastern part of baltimore county.
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watch out if you are watching us in belair right now. you could see wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. showers and butter storms coming to an end as we go through the late morning and early afternoon hours. >> thanks for joining us. we will have another update in we will have another update in just 25 today these factories are full of dot com businesses. and now my job is helping maryland create new economy jobs. training new math and science teachers investing in our institutions of excellence pioneering new cyber security jobs and giving an old gm plant a jump start building electric motors. i'm barbara mikulski. i approve this message so you'll know i'm fighting for you.
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bob ehrlich's real record on energy. lobbyists helped write utility regulations. we got stuck with a 72% rate hike. but martin o'malley got tough on bge, forcing them to pay back $2 billion to consumers. and what's bob ehrlich been doing the past four years? he got paid $2.5 million at a lobbying firm, a firm representing special interests and casinos right here in maryland. that's bob ehrlich-- a 72% increase for us and $2.5 million from special interests for himself. nice work, bob.
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this is not a prison, it's a school and these kids aren't goc to take it anymore. let the revolution begin. the new series school pride. 8:30 now on a tuesday morning, it's the 28th day of september. 2010. it happens to be kind of dreary one here in the northeast. we have had rain over the last 24 hours or so, it's stopped right now, but al says don't get your hopes up, we could be seeing more of it in the near future. >> that's right.
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>> are you saving it for your big weather cast coming up? >> rain up and down the eastern seaboard between now and friday. >> out on the plaza. >> thank you, i love this. i love you. >> out on the plaza here during woodstock week. i'm matt lauer along with varejao viera, ann curry and al roker. coming up, you've got one of our favorite teachers. >> tony danza has spent the last year teaching 10th grade english. look at him. >> did you see how good he looks? he's in great shape and he said i could go ten rounds right now, i would love. but i can go ten rounds right now. >> also this morning, also in our studio, we have got the lovely and the incredibly talented marissa tomei of s.v.u. talking about something very close to her heart. >> and we're going to head up to
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the kitchen, even though it's a little warm and muggy, we wanted to do a stick to your ribs kind of comfort food today. believe it or not, less than 24 hours from now, our wedding couple will be getting married on the plaza. you can text your votes to 622639, pick the cake you like the best. >> by the way, can we take a second and say congratulations to one of our own? bob dotson won the emmy last night for the outstanding feature story in a regularly scheduled newscast. you probably remember it's a moving profile of a 90-year-old greeter at walmart who fought in
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world war ii along with his seven brothers. it's a great story, he is a great journalist, congratulations to bob, amanda and dayton. >> we're going to show you that we have got a lot of wet weather to talk about over the next few days, a risk of strong storms working their way up the coast and then more rain comes up the coast tomorrow. tomorrow, we have got some more showers activity from the great lakes, from florida all the way to the mid-atlantic states, warm weather out west, sizzling conditions in the southwest and you just heard the crowd kind of go -- mat is smacking each one of us on our bums. >> that's not true. >> and meredith. turn around. >> he's going to smack you in the butt. >> off and on rainshowers with us through the morning and into early this afternoon. i think it will clear up late in
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the day. we will get sunshine late . >> and that's your latest weather. blackberry donated hundreds of blackberry torches to eliminate the need for paper schedules and they communicate with each other by a special education nation app. first of all, why did you do this? >> the education nation program is very important to us as a company, but the opportunity to show how you can go paper less and use this device to have all of the applications, everything.
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when we weather went bad yesterday, we could let everybody know to change the schedule. everybody saw it there and then. >> what are some of the projects you have going on to deal with the problems of education? >> we're working in a number of places for instance up in canada, the business program, the students are using blackberrys to manage all of the work collaboration, generally helping new students into the environment. checking out the whole work program, et cetera, et cetera. it's the focus of keeping everything working. >> thank you so much. >> thank you so much. take care. >> all right, al, thank you very much. actor turns high school english teacher tony danza, meredith will talk to him, but first this is "today" on nb
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tony danza has spent the last year teaching high school english at a school in philadelphia. >> would i want my daughter in my class? that's what i'm thinking. i know the parents ahave the sae expectations i have for my kids. >> tony danza, good morning to you. that was very emotional scene right there and i know for a lot of this, it was an emotional experience for you. you did worry about whether you were doing a disservice to these kids, didn't you. >> the idea was to go and be a teacher, and somebody, a friend of mine said i could sell that as an idea for a tv show. >> and you studied to be a teacher originally? >> i wanted to be a teacher and i think a lot of us have the regrets that maybe we didn't do as well as we should have.
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i'm writing a book about it, it's called i apologize to every teacher i ever had. my year at northeast high. when i got there and i was actually in it, i thought uh-oh, maybe i made a big mistake, not only let down the kids, made a fool out of myself, but the hub brus it takes to stroll in there and say you're going to be a teacher. i didn't know the curriculum, i had to learn the curriculum and you have to get out of your comfort zone. i mean we're performers. one of the great models meredith, and we should use this when we're talking about education and it's great that nbc is doing this. but one of the great models i had was a teacher watching me. i had a guy teaching me. when you're dying, when you're just dying.
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and at first -- >> in the beginning, you were having a really tough time as a teacher. >> i just didn't -- >> we have a scene of you where you're speaking with the assistant principal. let's talk on the other side of it. >> i can't -- i really can't explain. >> just take a breath. i know how you feel, we have both been there. >> i'm sorry. i'm so embarrassed. >> don't be embarrassed. >> but i'm sort of -- i just wonder if i can even do this. >> you can do it, you can do it. you're not the first to feel this way and you won't be the last. >> i hope you don't think i cried through the whole thing. i cry more than most men, but not through the whole thing. >> what surprised you most about
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teaching? >> the reward, the feeling you get. there's a great story about teaching, there's a big storm, and it blows all the star fish out on to the beach and then the clouds break, the sun comes out to bake the star fish and a guy comes along and sees all these star fish and starts picking them up and throwing them in the water. a guy comes along and said you're not going to be able to make a difference, he said i made a difference to that one. here's the other thing, i do have a bit of a regret about my own, you know, they didn't take it as seriously and i wanted to make sure the kids understand, especially now, because i'm worried about this. we have a million kids dropping out of school every year and they're our kids, they're not our kids, but they are our kids. i was trying to convince kids of that. i gave one detention the whole year. i had a detention and i told the
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kid, how long do you think you're going to be in school? and she said, oh, forever. i said here's my life. you don't want to be out there and say i wish i had done something better. >> do you miss the kids? >> i feel like i betrayed them in a way. i got them to listen to me, i got them to listen to me and then i disappeared. all year i said i can do a whole year. it's no small fete. and you got "waiting for superman." we focus on the teachers a lot. there are bad teachers, but there's so many discouraged teachers, most of them leave between three to five years. the culture is crazy, but parents have to be involved. there's a lot of factors involved. and it's really hard to be there every day.
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>> thank you so much, appreciate it. tony danza, again, teach prem r premiers 9:00 eastern time on a & e. comfort foods for fall. but first this is "today" on nbc. tax on everything you buy? that's in andy harris' unfair tax plan. 23% sales tax. a 23% sales tax will cut my business in half. would be devastating. andy harris' 23% sales tax absolutely makes no sense. 23% sales tax would really make things unaffordable. that's too high for the average american out here. i don't know how we would manage it really. don't like that idea. we can't afford andy harris' idea. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message.
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back at 8:45, on today's kitchen, back to basics. comfort food with fall settling in, there is no better way to warm up. big daddy's house on the food network. aaron, nice to see you, good morning. >> we talked about comfort food as i walked into this kitchen, i could just start to salvate. is it as much fun to cook
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comfort food as it is to sit down and eat it. >> people when they eat it, they're going to be relaxed eating. this is a rush job, we're going to take our time, get into the moment, think about some barry white playing in the back of our mind. >> what's your favorite barry white song? >> the whole album. >> bake me crazy, when you sit down and relax and eat this. >> you have a boneless chicken breast. you keep the skin on, why? >> i want it to have a nice little crispy texture to it. this is not fried chicken, it's baked in the oven, but it still has the skin on. >> skin side down? >> skin side down. i have got some salt, paprika, a little bit of salt, give it that crunchy skin, we don't want to overdo it.
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>> you're almost making a rub here. >> it's just like a rub. it's one of those rubs you're going to make a lot of, you can use it for steak, chicken, fish. just lay it inside down, i have got some olive oil in the pan. >> you're going to cook this chicken twice, once in the pan, and once in the oven. >> i like to do it in the pan just to get that crispiness on the inside and make su-- outsid sure it's done on the inside. you just let it go on low, let it get nice and crispy and then we're going to flip it over. i have got some butter here, a little bit of shallots, chopped up. this is going to be like teragon gra gravy. >> when someone says what is that? it's got that unique aroma to
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it. you got the house singing. a little bit of flower, a little bit of butter or oil. >> that's the texture you're looking for right there? >> a little bit of a pace. a little bit of that chicken stock there, comfort food means gravy sometimes to me. >> how long would you let this cook down? >> this is going to go four five minutes. i got it on a low heat, let it cook slow and low. while the chicken is in the oven. >> once you put this chicken in the oven, how long would you cook it in the oven, how do you know it's done? >> it should be very firm. let it rest so all the juices can settle and you don't have like dry chicken or too much
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juice running out on your board. i want you to taste this, matt, this is the gravy. now try that. now try that after i add a little bit of sherry vinegar to it. >> what's the sherry vinegar going to do to it? >> it's going to make it pop. >> i like that, it's very different. so you're going to slice this? >> sliced chicken. get you a scoop of mashed potatoes. i got me some spicy broccoli there. and if this doesn't say comforted need on the plate, matt. >> you're cooking this, you're serving this, okay, barry white's gone, you're on to marvin gaye. >> you feel me, baby. >> aaron mccargo jr., thanks very much.
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next we're going to catch up with s.v.u.
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law and order special victims unit just kicked off it's 12th season here on nbc. jennifer love hewitt co-stars as
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a rape victim so terrorized. she's afraid to be in her own home. >> addresses in midtown. >> there's no phone, there's no record of a vickie sayers in the tri-state. >> she's brought los angeles a special guest who we're going to talk to in just a moment. just a reaction, 12 years. that's something? >> that's something, it's definitely something. and i have to say this year has obviously been a marker in my life. but i'm very, very happy to be back and i think especially because we had such a strong year, it seems after 12 years, where do you go? and yet this year, i thought hands down, we had the strongest season opener and the show that i'm here to talk about -- >> this is an issue that you care greatly about. >> i care greatly, but it's one of the best performances we have
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had on s.v.u. >> it's one of the best performances, but it's staggering the backup of rape kits in the u.s. >> one would assume that if a woman is violated and raped and actually goes through a four to six hour often times retraumatizing experience to get dna evidence collected, that obviously the police would test it. obviously how are we going to find the perpetrator. and then to find out that the there's hundreds of thousands of them sitting in crime labs across the country. >> the joyful heart foundation respondsed to some letters that you personally received. what did they say? >> being an actor on a show and coming off e.r., the normal fan mail is hey i love your show, send me an autographed picture. but now i have mail from women
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who have been through rape and trauma and there was a common thread between the e-mails, you heard the words pain and isolate, but courage obviously, that somebody had the courage to come forward. so the fact that these women were disclosing these stories to someone who's an actor on television inspired me to do something about it. >> how is the foundation helping to end the rape kit backlog? >> the good news about the rape kit backlog is that it's a problem that can be fixed, places like los angeles, new york city, they have had backlogs and they worked to eliminate them or they're close to eliminating them, you've got great law enforcement, sort of a justice group, survivors all coming together to try to end this backlog, i think because you know what this backlog means to victims, the fact is that the message that we're sending to victims by not testing kits is their cases don't matter. >> also when these kits are tested, people are -- they find the perpetrators.
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>> the number one way. >> these kits have huge investigative potential, there's so many things you can learn from testing these kits and i think it's a way to bring some justice to victims and a way to bring some healing to them to say what you went through was not in vain, we care about your case and your case matters and it also sends a message to perpetrators that they can't get away with this crime. >> and police send the message to perpetrators that it's okay, what are we saying by not testing them. >> absolutely that you can get away with it. thank you for bringing attention to it. thank you for joining us. you can catch law and order s.v.u. tomorrow at 9:00, 8 central time here on nbc. we're back of your local news. "today's" wedding, a sweet surprise for melissa and jeremy. vote by 1:00 p.m. "today." dreams come true on "today's"
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wedding, sponsored by chevy. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am jennifer franciotti. baltimore county police are looking for a suspect in a late night murder in cockeysville. detectives say they were called to the unit block of stone gate court around 11:30 last night after reports of a fight. doubt a male victim on the scene doubt a male victim on the scene with head trauma and he
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bob ehrlich pretends to be for the working guy... but he's not on our side. i thought i knew bob ehrlich, but then i found out... he raised property taxes on every maryland family... and business. he increased college tuition... by 40%. 40%. and i thought i knew bob ehrlich. he was against raising the minimum wage. made $2.5 million... working for a lobbying firm. $2.5 million? he's not really on my side. with this tough economy, we really need a governor on our side. >> let's look at the forecast for the tony pann. >> i think the rainshowers is going to be tapering off as we go into the morning and afternoon.
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we will get some sunshine to break through. the evening commute is going to be much better than the morning commute. it is going to be on the breezy side. winds will kick up of the southeast initially. partly cloudy skies, turning a little bit cooler. temperatures will drop into the fifties. sunset at 6:54. the rain to come back on wednesday and thursday. wednesday night and thursday, another chance for rain. then it gets chilly over the weekend. >> we will have another update for you at 9:25. four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again
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tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle class marylanders do.